Fun day in the minors for Cubs fans. Homers by Javier Baez and Kris Bryant, C.J Edwards racking up K’s in his debut, Armando Rivero heating up his right arm, and even Dillon Maples has gone 10 straight innings without a walk. Rubi Silva extended his hit streak to 14 games and Zeke DeVoss upped his on-base streak to 20 games.
C.J. Edwards fanned the first seven hitters he faced in his Cubs organizational debut as the 21-year-old right-hander got the start Sunday for Daytona against Palm Beach. Acquired along with Mike Olt and Justin Grimm for Matt Garza, Edwards was also making his High-A debut and he didn’t disappoint. He tossed five shutout innings allowing an infield single and finished with a line of 5IP, 1H, 0R, 1BB, 8K. Edwards said in an interview before the game he was excited for the opportunity and liked to go after hitters and get ahead in the count. That’s exactly what he did throwing first-pitch strikes to 11/17 he faced. “New team, same C.J.” he told Daytona play-by-play announcer Cody Dunlap after the game. Edwards said he doesn’t try to strike hitters out but goes right at them, relying on his defense. He said he put his faith and trust in catcher Chadd Krist in his first start for Daytona, and threw what he called. More on Edwards’ start in Daytona game recap
AAA—Oklahoma 4, Iowa 3
A two-run homer in the sixth off the bat of George Springer gave Oklahoma City (59-50) the win over Iowa (51-58)
At the Plate: Ty Wright (.261/.318/.384) had three doubles to lead the Iowa offense driving in a run and scoring one. Luis Flores (.189/.284/.318) and Edgar Gonzalez (. 293/.326/.512) were 2-4 while Jae-Hoon Ha (.214/.261/.313) doubled and scored.
On the Mound: Nicholas Struck (5-8 6.29 ERA) took the loss with a line of 5.1IP, 5H, 4R 3ER, 2B, 3K 2HR. Marcus Hatley (2-1 3.96) got the final two outs in the sixth and Chang-Yong Lim made his AAA debut with two strikeouts in two innings with two hits.
AA—Birmingham 8, Tennessee 5
Javier Baez blasted a pair of two-run homers but it wasn’t enough as Tennessee (21-14, 54-49) fell to Birmingham (22-14, 65-40)
At the Plate: Javier Baez (.232/.284/.634) hit a two-run homer in the first and added a two-run bomb in the ninth but the Smokies didn’t score in the other seven innings despite 12 hits and three walks. Baez has 10 homers in 20 games since his promotion to AA and has 27 HR and 76 RBI on the season. Chad Noble (.250/.312/.310) ripped a RBI double in the ninth and scored on the Baez homer. Matt Szczur (.280/.349/.368) and John Andreoli (.302/.370/.469) had two hits each while Rubi Silva (.287/.307/.499) extended his hitting streak to 14 games going 2-4.
Video of Baez’s 26th homer of the season
On the Mound: Eric Jokisch (8-10 3.84 ERA/1.38 ERA) experienced his second straight tough outing giving up nine hits and three walks in five innings. Jokisch was charged with six runs, five earned, and threw 95 pitches with four strikeouts. P.J. Francescon (1-0 4.11/1.33) allowed a run in two innings on four hits and Kevin Rhoderick (1-4 5.36/1.86) worked a scoreless eighth despite two walks. Marcos Mateo (1-0 1.04/1.50 8.2 IP) surrendered a run in the ninth on two hits and walk.
Smokies Notes: Arismendy Alcantara (.268/.341/.453) got a day off from the field but was in the lineup as the DH and went 0-5. Alcantara is hitting .195 in his last 10 games and .220 in July.
High A—Daytona 2, Palm Beach 1
J.C Edwards fanned eight in his Cubs debut and a throwing error in the seventh gave Daytona (55-43) the win over Palm Beach (47-54)
At the Plate: A throwing error on Zeke Devoss’ well placed bunt down the third base line scored Taiwan Easterling and Brad Zapenas for the Cubs only runs. Dustin Geiger is heating up as the first baseman went 2-4 and is hitting .333 in his last 10 games. Benjamin Carhart, Dustin Easterling and Zapenas all finished with two hits. The Cubs streak of 21 straight games with an extra-base hit was snapped as all nine of their hits were singles. DeVoss should have been credited with hit on his bunt but walked in the ninth and has reached base in 20 straight games.
On the Mound: C. J. Edwards made his Cubs organizational as well as his Class High A debut and he was impressive. The lanky right-hander fanned the first seven Cardinal hitters he faced, five swinging. He worked five innings and the only hit was as infield single, and Palm Beach didn’t hit the ball out of the infield. Slinging a fastball in the mid-90s and a breaking ball in the low 80s, Edwards dominated the 17 hitters he faced, getting eight on strikes, and three to foul out. The 21-year-old threw 63 pitches, 41 for strikes…..Lendy Castillo (1-0 1.80 ERA/1.40 WHIP) recorded his first win at Daytona allowing an unearned run in three innings. Castillo gave up a hit and three walks with three strikeouts…..Austin Reed (1-0 4.25/1.47) earned his third save pitching the ninth.
Cubs Notes: Zeke DeVoss went from April 30 to May 22 without even attempting a SB and didn’t swipe a bag until June 7 when he stole three. Since then, 20 SB and caught once. He also lowered his strikeout percentage from 20.3% in 2012 to 18.1%…...Cubs RHP Scott Baker will make his fourth rehab start on Monday for Daytona.
Low A—Kane County 6, Peoria 3
Kane County (40-60) scored four times in the third and beat Peoria (56-46) to even the series.
At the Plate: Rock Shoulders (.260/.357/.479) had the big hit of the game with a bases clearing double to plate three runs in the third. Shoulders was 2-5 and is nine for his last 20. Giuseppe Papaccio (.244/.306/.289) batted leadoff and went 2-5 and scored twice. Jeimer Candelario (.251/.337/.377) was 2-4 with a RBI and a walk while Albert Almora (.333/.379/.482) went 2-5 with a run. Daniel Vogelbach (.291/.365/.457) had a RBI going 1-2 with two walks.
On the Mound: Armando Rivero (0-0 6.06 ERA/1.59 WHIP) is settling in as the Cuban fireballer earned his first pro save and extended his scoreless streak to 7.2 innings with 14 strikeouts. The 6-foot-4 right-hander blanked the Chiefs the final two frames fanning five with one walk. Rivero had three tough outings in his first six games but since then has been dominating…...One pitcher the Cubs are counting on is Juan Paniagua (0-2 8.22/2.87), who made his third appearance for the Cougars. The right-hander had problems getting into the U.S. due to visa issues and threw four games in the DSL while he waited. Paniagua had problems finding the strike zone Sunday walking five and allowing three hits in two innings. The Chiefs scored two runs and he didn’t strikeout a hitter…..Nathan Dorris (5-3 2.99/1.34) got the win pitching out of a jam in the third and adding another shutout inning with two strikeouts….. RHP Starling Peralta worked three scoreless innings after joining the team today. He allowed two hits and a walk and fanned two.
Cougars Notes: LHP Michael Heesch (3-8 3.82 ERA/1.33 WHIP/ 96.2 IP) was placed on the disabled list and RHP Starling Peralta was assigned to Kane County from Mesa. Peralta has been in Arizona on rehab from Daytona after getting injured in May.
Short-Season—Boise 3, Spokane 1
The arm of Dillon Maples and the bat of Kris Bryant gave Boise (24-20) the win over Spokane (22-22).
At the Plate: Kris Bryant walloped his second homer of the season, a two-run blast in the fourth, and the first-round pick added a sacrifice fly in the seventh to knock in all three Boise runs. Daniel Lockhart, Yasiel Balaguert and Jordan Hankins all had two singles.
On the Mound: Dillon Maples (2-0 1.38 ERA) threw five strong innings allowing a run on five hits with five strikeouts for the win. For the second straight game, Maples didn’t walk a hitter. In 34.2 IP at Kane County, Maples walked 31…..Corbin Hoffner (2-0 1.21) celebrated his 20th birthday two days early tossing three scoreless innings with a pair of strikeouts. The 6-foot-5 right-hander has not allowed a run in his last 14 innings.……….Tyler Bremer (0-2 2.50) must have seen highlights of the Cubs-Giants game Saturday night as the right-hander loaded the bases in the ninth and promptly struck out the side for his fourth save.
Hawks Notes: Shawon Dunston missed his seventh straight game after colliding with teammate Chris Bote and hurting his quad. Jacob Hannemann is still out of the lineup after a wrist injury and is also recouping from an ankle sprain.
Arizona Rookie League—Diamondbacks 13, Cubs 3
The Diamondbacks (16-14) scored six times in the third and whipped the Cubs (14-17).
At the Plate: Kevin Brown delivered a two-run single and Jessie Hodges added a RBI double in the Cubs three-run fourth. Jeffrey Baez was 2-4 with a run and is hitting .284 with a four-game hitting streak (8-16). Charcer Burks, the first high school product selected in the 2013 draft (9th round) had his second straight multi-hit game going 2-4 with a double, his first career extra-base hit. The 18-year-old is hitting .263 in 12 games. Brett Jackson was 0-4 and is 1-14 during his rehab.
On the Mound: Erick Leal, (0-2 3.46 ERA) acquired in the Tony Campana trade, got the majority of the work Sunday night tossing four innings. The right-hander allowed seven hits, three run (one earned), fanned three, and faced 20 hitters, getting eight ground ball outs…..Jose Arias, rehab from Kane County, got the start surrendering three runs on three hits and two walks in 1.2 frames….. RHP Ethan Ellis gave up six runs on five hits and a walk in an inning…..Luis Villalba (0-0 1.69) got the final four outs allowing a hit.
Dominican Summer League—Cubs
Had the day off
Venezuelan Summer League—Cubs
Had the day off.
July 28 Cubs minor league box scores